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Sun and Shadow: An Erik Winter Novel Paperback – April 25, 2006
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While I have thoroughly enjoyed Mankells series, I was looking for something a bit more contemporary and edgier. I found it with Erik Winter. I think he breaths of fresh air into the genre. He's not an aging detective but a rising star in the force. He is smart and very complex, but also has a softer side when it comes to his family/personal life. Don't expect a Henning Mankell type novel. Both 'Erik Winter' books are very much worth reading and I recommend reading them in sequential order. I'm anxiously waiting for the third to come so I can pour me a glass of wine and have an evening with Mr. Winter.
Gothenberg is at the onset of both Christmas and the celebration of the new millenium when a brutal double murder with obvious sexual overtones is uncovered. Inspector Winter whose life is in flux owing to the anticipation of fatherhood, had recently been jetting back and forth to the Costa del Sol in Spain. His father lying on his deathbed had succumbed to his illnesses. With personal issues cluttering his mind, he now must focus on coordinating the investigation of this killing.
We soon learn through the ongoing inquest that the murder seems in some way related to couples who fulfill their sexual fantasies by wife swapping. Eyewitnesses around the crime scene report that a man in uniform was seen around the time of the murders. Could Winter possibly be searching for one of his own?
Edwardson leads us through his plot at a leisurely pace not revealing too much but concluding is a frenetic fashion as time is of the essence, as the murderer is poised to strike again.
Well, I need more than the bare minimum. Luckily we got the Scandinavians. They are different sort of people, and so are their crime novels. Quiter, darker in mood and thoughts,and demanding much more from the reader. " Sun and Shadow" is one of those books. Set in last few months of 1999 in Gothenburg, Sweden, brings back the madness of the last year of the second millenium. Mr. Edwardson's characters are real people, somewhat lost in both the time they live in and the bloody murder cases they work on. They rant, brainstorm or just talk plain nonsense. But they are alive and easy to identify with. Another winner from Sweden.
Another problem that I had with the book was its formatting in Kindle. Edwardson switches back and forth with the voice in which the story is told, almost from paragraph to paragraph at times. We'll get a few paragraphs of things from Erik Winter's perspective. Then we may hear from his girlfriend, Angela, or from one of the policemen with whom he works. That's not a problem except that there is almost always no break to show the change in voice. So I'm reading along thinking that I'm still hearing Erik Winter's thoughts and suddenly I realize that the perspective has changed and this is someone else's mind that I'm in. Really, would it have killed them to put a double space between paragraphs that represent a change in perspective? It certainly would have lessened my confusion.
And, as long as I'm putting my quibbles with the book up front, Edwardson's narrative style seems passive in the extreme. I'm not one who glories in reading the minute blood and guts details of horrible murders, but it does help the reader, I think, to at least be told in the most matter of fact way possible just what has happened to the victim(s). Here, we have a couple, murdered in their home, who apparently had their heads cut off and stuck on the top of each others' bodies, but this comes out ever so slowly and haltingly in the narrative.Read more ›
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I'm glad he doesn't drag things out too far. The characters are filled out just enough.. I've read other books in this series and there's really no overlap.Published 6 days ago by B Jones
Not entirely sure how I ended up with this book; I don't usually pick up mid-series books when I haven't read the earlier entries. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Catherine E. Mullican
My first read by the author, I really liked it. Good writing, characters, plot. Well done. Will order more in this series.Published 10 months ago by Franny Stevens
Erik Winter is the Chief Inspector. He is going through many life changes in this novel. His girlfriend, Angela, is going to have a baby and is in the process of moving into his... Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. .G. avid reader
DCI Erik Winter seems to have led a charmed life, a young detective who has impressed his colleagues and superiors, as the book opens he is on the verge of many changes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by audrey frances